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Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Innovation Grants

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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Mar 6, 2019

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Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Innovation Grants provide funding for working with local park and recreation agencies to implement at least one of three selected innovation strategies to increase access to healthy foods within underserved communities.

Strategies include:

  • Starting or expanding farmers markets and/or community supported agriculture programs at parks and recreation sites to increase access to healthy, fresh, and local produce
  • Starting or expanding intergenerational meal programs through the USDA and HHS congregate nutrition programs that address the nutritional needs of vulnerable youth and seniors, and foster opportunities for nutrition education, mentorship, and social engagement for youth and seniors
  • Addressing transportation and infrastructure barriers in underserved communities by piloting models that leverage existing resources and assets, building partnerships, and utilizing volunteers or innovative systems to transport kids to sites

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be a local government agency or an affiliated 501c(3) nonprofit organization engaged with parks and recreation
  2. Serve meals/snacks through the Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and/or the National School Lunch Program in 2019
  3. Have demonstrated experience implementing nutrition programming
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award range: $30,000 - $35,000
Estimated number of awards: 5 awards in each innovation strategy

Application process

A link to the application template is available on the program website. Submit the application using the form on the program website.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Elderly population · Families · Food security and nutrition · Transportation

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